United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

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United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
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David Pekoske

since April 11, 2019
United States Department of Homeland Security
StyleMr. Deputy Secretary (informal)
The Honorable
(formal address in writing)
StatusChief operating officer
Reports toSecretary of Homeland Security
AppointerThe President
with the Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
(16 years ago)
First holderGordon R. England
Succession1st in DHS succession
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level II

The Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security is the chief operating officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security, with responsibility for managing day-to-day operations. The department has over 208,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $48.5 billion.[1]

If the Secretary of Homeland Security dies, resigns, or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office, the Deputy Secretary is to serve as an Acting Secretary.[2]

The Deputy Secretary is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.[2] The position of Deputy Secretary was created along with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in 2002.[3] The Deputy Secretary is paid $168,000 annually.

List of Deputy Secretaries of Homeland Security[edit]

Deputy Secretary Took office Left office Time in office Party President
Gordon R. England
England, GordonGordon R. England
(born 1937)
January 24, 2003October 1, 2003250 daysRepublicanBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Rep)
James Loy
Loy, JamesAdmiral, USCG (Ret.)
James Loy
(born 1942)
October 1, 2003March 1, 20051 year, 151 daysIndependentBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Rep)
Michael P. Jackson
Jackson, MichaelMichael P. Jackson
(born 1954)
March 10, 2005October 26, 20072 years, 230 daysIndependentBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Rep)
Paul A. Schneider
Schneider, PaulPaul A. Schneider
(born 1954)
June 5, 2008February 11, 2009251 daysIndependentBush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Rep)
Barack Obama (Dem)
Jane Holl Lute
Lute, JaneJane Holl Lute
(born 1956)
April 3, 2009April 9, 20134 years, 6 daysIndependentObama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
Rand Beers
Beers, RandRand Beers
(born 1942)
April 9, 2013September 6, 2013150 daysDemocraticObama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
Rafael Borras
Borras, RafaelRafael Borras
September 26, 2013December 23, 201388 daysIndependentObama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
Alejandro Mayorkas
Mayorkas, AlejandroAlejandro Mayorkas
(born 1959)
December 23, 2013October 28, 20162 years, 310 daysDemocraticObama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
Russell Deyo
Deyo, RussellRussell Deyo
November 1, 2016April 4, 2017154 daysIndependentObama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
Elaine Duke
Duke, ElaineElaine Duke
(born 1958)
April 10, 2017April 15, 20181 year, 5 daysIndependentTrump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
Claire Grady
Duke, ElaineClaire Grady
April 16, 2018April 10, 2019359 daysIndependentTrump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
David Pekoske
Pekoske, DavidDavid Pekoske
(born 1955)
April 11, 201976 daysIndependentTrump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)


  1. ^ "Deputy Secretary Paul A. Schneider". Archived from the original on June 4, 2008. Retrieved June 9, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "US Code: Title 6,113. Other officers". Retrieved September 25, 2007.
  3. ^ "Search Results - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Retrieved September 25, 2007.

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